This is the Richard Petty Charger of Your NASCAR Dreams

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NASCAR 1971 Dodge Charger

This Dodge Charger has 600 horsepower—and it’s street legal, too.

Numbers and sponsors have a magic ability to turn into legends when successful in NASCAR, much like the driver behind the wheel. “The King” gives some credence to late Richard Petty, number 43, and to his sponsor, STP. Combine that with a car from NASCAR’s golden era, and you have a recipe for awesomeness.

How do you make one of these cars even more awesome? Make it street legal. Although this 1971 Dodge Charger may be a replica, we can forgive it due to a faithful adherence to NASCAR’s brute force and power. In fact, the dashboard was scribed by Richard Petty himself. Described as having a Ray Barton power plant with over 600 horsepower, backed up by a slapstick automatic transmission, it’s ready to create some thunder and annoy some neighbors.

NASCAR 1971 Dodge Charger

If you have cool neighbors, you can take them along for a ride. Since this Charger is based on a production car, a full interior was retained, and you can drive it like you would an everyday Charger.

It isn’t quite track ready—lacking safety gear such as racing seats, harnesses and a cage. But you can you pretend you are Richard Petty and show up at a town parade, or just blast around for a little attention and envy. It suits that purpose perfectly.

Compared to a supercar, you get about the same horsepower, but we’d argue you’d get even more attention in this ride. At $33,500, that’s a bargain.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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